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Lincoln Tunnel Billboard Controversy: Are You There Nobody? It’s Me, Atheist

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By HVculture on November 29, 2010

Shots fired in the War on Christmas! A new billboard on the New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel will likely spur some tough conversations between inquisitive kids and devout parents.

A group called American Atheists, an organization that’s been defending the civil rights of Atheists since 1963, has erected a billboard featuring a silhouette of a traditional manger scene and the tagline: “You KNOW It’s a Myth. This Season, Celebrate REASON!”

(Photo/Terry Sheridan, 1010 WINS)

According to CBS2 in New York, “David Silverman, the president of the organization, spoke to 1010 WINS on Saturday and said the purpose of the billboard was to ‘attract atheists who are currently in the closet.’” Apparently Don’t Ask Don’t Tell isn’t good enough for Silverman and his group.

As expected, not everyone is loving the billboard, which went up the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and is expected to remain there until at least Christmas Day.

One man told 1010 WINS “I don’t think that’s right. We don’t go around telling them what we think about [atheists], so why should they put up something like that?”

But SIlverman fights back with the notion that if atheists are going to be blamed for the so-called War on Christmas, they might as well give religious folks something to blame them for. Silverman said “We get blamed for a war on Christmas every year. This time we’re actually going to pay attention to that. We’re actually going to earn a little bit of that…We have been blamed repeatedly for being unpatriotic, we have been told that there are not atheists in fox holes, we have been told that we are immoral. Nobody has ever cared if we would be offended.”

Check out CBS2’s report for more on the growing controversy:

So is this fair game or a cheap shot that will upset boys and girls in the area? And are religious folks who enjoy the anti-Obama billboards endorsing a free-speech/taste double standard?

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